.. er doctor had told her daughter had told her that her daughter did not receive her cataracts as a result of her mothers war duty. She was born with the problem. There have also been many claims of cancer among veterans. Such as Dick Fosters of the Rocky Mountain News.
He claimed that William L. Marcuss congressional testimony in June 1996 had claimed that Gulf War veterans have a cancer rate of three to six times that of the normal civilian population. But the data Marcus had given were not for cancers as a whole, but for multiple myeloma. Which is a cancer of the bone marrow. Marcus had not given any overall figures on cancer. CDC Director David Satcher later sent a letter with information explaining in detail why the data from Marcus was no adequate to sees whether service in the Gulf War resulted in increased risk for tumors or death from cancer.
A representative of the VA testified that the data was too limited not only to say just how many Gulf War veterans had cancer, but also to determine what a normal rate of cancer would be. After this, Marcuss data was useless. Marcus is not an epidemiologist or statistician, he is an EPA toxicologist that did his own calculations. He did not author a study that has appeared in a peer reviewed journal, he has authored no study at all. The only actual data found is that by the end of 1996, there were 52,000 veterans that had been medically evaluated, and only two had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Most of what pushes the Gulf War Syndromes myth is the very simple: if something happens after a given event, it must have been caused by the event.
The Gulf War Syndrome fallacy is basically like this: the veterans were healthy wen they went to the war, but now they are sick. Therefore, it must have be ill because of something in the Gulf War. There have been many claims of different causes of the Gulf War Syndrome. Such as: experimental drugs, flies, vaccines, scud fuel, and Aflatoxin. It is becoming very common for someone to say that one thing is definitely the cause, then later on to insist that something else is definitely the cause of Gulf War Syndrome.
Nightline had a Gulf War Syndrome show which without a doubt showed that Gulf War Syndrome was real and that it was spreading. They first claimed that it was caused by nerve gas. Then they blamed the pyridostigmine bromide pills that the veterans had taken. Then later on they blamed it on the fumes from the oil wells. None of these could cause symptoms that are communicable.
According to Rep. Evans, The commonality of experiences that (Gulf War veterans) have faced seem to be fairly convincing that they are suffering serious problems . . . But experts note that they have very little commonality at all.
Rather, the list of symptoms is both huge and diverse, quite the opposite of what one would expect if they had a single cause. Indeed, the net has been cast so wide as to include even medical problems of soldiers’ spouses. One soldier speaking at a congressional hearing described how his wife is beginning to suffer pains in her joints. But there are many who firmly believe that the nerve gas is the cause of Gulf War Syndrome. The firing of mustard gas and nerve gas was one of the biggest fears of many soldiers on the line. So many of the veterans seeking a cause for their symptoms decided that they must have been gassed.
There are now some veterans who say that they remember being gassed, but none of them reported to clinics at the time. And an IOM report states, there are no confirmed reports of clinical manifestations of acute never agent exposure. Then there was the news that sarin nerve gas weapons were blown up at Khamisiyah with U.S. troops three miles away. This gave new aid to the chemical weapons theory. Sarin gas is an organophosphate.
A report on Possible Effects of Organophosphate Low Level Nerve Agent Exposure was later released. The report states, The concept of low agent exposure is not realistic. These are highly bolatile substances and disappear quickly, it is hard to imagine an open air situation in which low concentrations would not disappear to zero levels within moments. The report also surveyed the scientific literature on nerve gas exposure. Among these was a test on over 1,400 subjects, and the National Academy of Sciences panel concluded there were no long term effects. The subjects were exposed to a range of gas levels from low, symptomless doses too those that would cause acute illness.
Also another report showed that on 297 cases of accidental exposure among workers manufacturing nerve agents found that about a fifth had symptoms, but all eventually returned to work fully functional. But all of this data has been virtually ignored by the media. I have come to the conclusion of why there are so many ill Gulf veterans. It is very simple, because there are so many Gulf veterans. There are 697,000 veterans, plus their spouses and children.
This equals well over a million people. With an amount of people this large, there is going to be basically every illness known. Persian Gulf veterans are not having any illnesses at an extraordinary rate. There are no more deaths, no more cancers, no more birth defects, and no more miscarriages than that of the public. The Gulf War veterans are having these problems because everyone has these problems.
The only difference is that the media has convinced them that there neighbors illness is just an illness, but their illness is Gulf War Syndrome. Bibliography References Fumento, Michael, Raising Fears of Gulf War Vets, (The Washington Post, August 16, 1999) Fumento, Michael, Gulf Lore Syndrome, (Reason Magazine, March 1997) Fumento, Michael, Gulf War Syndrome and the Press, (The Wall Street Journal, March 4, 1997) Fumento, Michael, What Gulf War Syndrome?, (The American Spectator, May 1995) Fumento, Michael, False Alarms, (Forbes Media Critic, Fall 1994) Fumento, Michael, Gulf War Syndrome, (Investors Business Daily, August 1994) Fumento, Michael, Is the Gulf War Syndrome Real?, (Investor’s Business Daily, November 25, 1993) Fumento, Michael, With Gulf War Syndrome, No Disease Is No News, (Bridge News, January 7, 2000) Fumento, Michael, The Times Adds to Gulf War Syndrome Hysteria, (The Washington Times, April 14, 1999) Fumento, Michael, Gulf Syndrome Kills Babies NOT, (Copyright 1998 by Michael Fumento) http://www.fumento.com/gulf2.html Medicine Essays.